Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Prayer

The Lord has been speaking to my heart about prayer. He speaks to me in snippets some days. He know that I can grasp it better in snippets :) There have been a few things bothering me lately. I was thinking about going to talk to one of my friends about it and He told me to wait and pray about it. He will change the situation. He is the Healer and the Redeemer and the Restorer. So that is what I am going to do about it. I am going to pray daily over the situation and watch God take care of it. He also has been challenging to increase my prayer life. I used to pray a lot more and I saw the evidence of that investment. So I am asking for God to help me to be more diligent in praying and seeking His face. Trusting and believing.

I am excited about this because I know that He will move in a mighty way. The last time He talked to me about my heart's desires was five years ago. Wow, I had no idea how God could and would move on my behalf.

We have gone through a lot of battles since then and I can look and see the battle scars. It isn't pretty. But God can take those wounds and heal them. He can restore what the enemy plotted to destroy. I am praying. I want and desire something more. I am thankful that I serve a God that can and will give me something more :) I will share more as He moves.

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Eph 6:18 NIV


Praying, watching and waiting,

Shanin

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's the Little Things!

Somedays it is just the little things that mean so much! Today I got to take care of three of my grandkids. I got to enjoy a cup of coffee! I get to go over to some friends' house for dinner tonight! And there will be homemade mexican food :) I am thankful for jalapeno poppers that my sweet husband is making even though he already worked eight hours cooking for others! How awesome is that? Tomorrow I get to go to church and worship! I love my worship team! I really like exclamation poiints...hee hee probably a little more than I should but I get excited easily :) I am extremely thankful for wireless internet access!!! I am really getting excited for Christmas. I am getting really, reallyexcited to shop with my girls the day after Thanksgiving! Of course on Thanksgiving day we will get to do a puzzle and this too excites me. I know that none of this is in order but I just wanted to share with you some of my happy thoughts for the day. When I really should be doing homework :P

Back to Work!

Shanin

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Behold How Good and How Pleasant It Is...

For brethren to dwell together in unity! DO you remember that old song? I was thinking about it today. It is an old song set to Jewish style music. When I was a kid and singing it people would get excited and clap in beat together.

That is how it feels when we fellowship or "hang out" with our family from The Bridge! Last night I taught the kids and to hear the kids run up to one another and pat them on the back or get excited and hug each other it! I love to hear their laughter and excitement to see each other. That is how it should be whenever it is time to gather! Unity! You don't have to be someone's best friend to support one another. Sometimes it is just a prayer said or an encouraging word that will minister to a person. Sometimes it can be a smile and wave from across the room, or a hug of comfort and to shed a few tears together. But there is just something special when brothers and sisters in Christ dwell together in unity!

You are an important member of the body of Christ. Do not entertain the thought that people won't miss you! You have a place. Not only will you miss out on fellowship but you might miss an opportunity to minister to a person who NEEDS you!

So resist the urge to sit home. Get up off the couch and go. We need each other. And to meet together to worship the King...there is nothing better :)

Expecting to see you soon!

Shanin

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

To The Ends of the Earth

There is a song that we sing in church called, "To the Ends of the Earth." It goes like this,

"Jesus, I believe in You and I would go to the ends of the earth, to the ends of the earth. For You alone are the Son of God and all the world will see that You are God, You are God."

I love this song. It is done by Hillsong United. You can find it on You Tube. Anyhow...I was reading an online new article about a shooting happening in a church back east. The article was sad but not as haunting as the comments that followed. There were a few good comments reminding others to pray for the wounded and the church body and then there were the comments making fun of the people who believed in God. Their words were so filled with anger that someone believed in Deity at all. There remarks were scoffing and hateful to say the least. It wasn't the people behind the posts that upset me. What bothered me was that they scoff and ridicule the stupid people for having faith and they are the ones that are truely lost. They hurt and have no hope for anything better than life here on earth. I prayed for them. I prayed that somehow, someway that they would find the love that they are missing. The unconditional love that Jesus provides for all of us. The kind of love that I would go to the ends of the earth for...if these posts break my heart what does it do to Him? To the One who died so that they could have life and hope! I live in my sheltered world and see just a limited amount of this hurt but He sees and hears it all.

God gave this wonderful gift of free will. It is a double edged sword. You see, we get to choose to believe or not to believe. We get to choose life eternal or a death sentence. He already paid the price for this gift yet we can still choose not to accept it while the whole time cursing the very One who sacrificed to give this gift of life to us. It must cut Him deeply because the Word says that it is His desire that not even one would choose death. He provided the way for salvation for each one of us. It doesn't matter what you have said or done in the past. He died for all of that! It is called sin. Plain and simple. All you have to do is tell Him that you are sorry for what you have done and believe that Jesus is Lord, and you are saved. Done deal. He died for everyone. No one is excluded for anything. It all hinges on whether you will accept Jesus as your Savior or reject Him. That decision is yours to make. And I am praying that you choose life today.

If you ever need prayer just post me and I will be glad to pray with you and for you. You are not alone. You too can have hope and eternal life:)

Praying for you today,

Shanin

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Today is the Day...

I love the Lincoln Brewster song Today is the Day! It is such a joyous song. Today is the day You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Today is the day You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. And I won't worry about tomorrow I'm trusting in what You say...Today is the day!

Of course we know that the basis of this is from scripture. This is the day the LORD has made;We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

We all have days when it is easy to rejoice in the Lord and then there are those days when we have to make a choice to rejoice! Remember to start looking for the little things to rejoice over on those days! We all have things to be thankful for! Go turn on some praise and worship or some Lincoln Brewster and refocus on the King. It will place everything else into perspective.

Rejoicing with you,

Shanin

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

O Taste and See...

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!Psalm 34:8 NKJV


Have you ever sat down and ate the most scrumptious brownie or piece of chocolate cake? It was so rich and yummy...did you have to twist someone's arm to get them to try a piece? NO:)

That is the way our lives should be. Our lives should be so different from others that people would look and see that we have something that they need or want! If you live a sour, bitter life no one will want that! But if you live a rich and full life you will have the opportunity to share Christ!

So remember when you are out and about...think about that yummy, gooey chocolate dessert...and share you life with anyone who looks hungry :)

Tasting, Seeing and Trusting!

Shanin